In fall 2013, Spirulina received approval from the FDA to be included as edible coloring in a very limited selection of products. That selection has now expanded into a wide range of foods as a natural coloring additive.
“”The United States Food and Drug Administration recently approved GNT USA, Inc.’s Color Additive Petition (CAP) 2C0297, greatly expanding the use of Spirulina Extract as a natural blue coloring ingredient in food and beverage applications. While the original regulation [21 CFR 73.530] limited the use of Spirulina Extract to candy and chewing gum, the amended regulation allows for the safe use of Spirulina Extract in: “frostings, ice cream and frozen desserts, dessert coatings and toppings, beverage mixes and powders, yogurts, custards, puddings, cottage cheese, gelatin, breadcrumbs and ready-to-eat cereals (excluding extruded cereals).”(1)
“As a pioneer in natural color solutions developed exclusively from edible fruits, vegetables and plants, GNT’s notable raw material innovation lead to the early development of a natural blue and green color portfolio using Spirulina. GNT USA’s CEO Stefan Hake adds, “Many perceive Spirulina as a new coloring product. However, because GNT was early to develop this product over 20 years ago, we not only have the required processing technology and production capacity to deliver our high-quality products across the globe, we also have vast technical expertise to make Spirulina work in a great number of applications.”(1)
“GNT’s Spirulina based color solutions have long been used in European food and beverage products. All of GNT’s products are simple concentrates of colorful fruits, vegetables and plants – going through physical processing with water and avoiding the use of chemical solvents or other additives. As such, GNT’s Spirulina based color solutions are considered “Colouring Foods” across the EU and enjoy worldwide regulatory acceptance due to their innately clean-label pedigree.” (1)